Commonhouse launching as Ohio’s first B Corp brewery

Written by on January 19, 2016 in Beer - 1 Comment


Commonhouse Ales today announced plans to begin operations in Spring 2016 as Ohio’s first Certified B Corporation brewery. The brewery has set up a community fund, Commonhouse Shares, through The Columbus Foundation, which will support local community nonprofit organizations.

Commonhouse will take over the brewery space at 535 Short Street recently vacated by Columbus Brewing Company, which is moving to a new location with larger equipment later this month.

Commonhouse Ales is founded by Lenny Kolada who is one of Ohio’s craft beer pioneers, building craft breweries in Central Ohio for almost a quarter of a century. Kolada currently operates Smokehouse Brewing Company, which has served beer and BBQ in Grandview for over 17 years. Commonhouse and Smokehouse beers will both be crafted by Brewmaster Sam Hickey.

“Commonhouse Ales represents the culmination of my many years in the craft beer space. I know we will brew kickass beer for our community,” said Kolada in a statement. “Now is the right time to take craft beer to the next level. Beer is good, but we want to use beer for good. Commonhouse Ales will be good for our employees and good for our community.”

For every six-pack of its flagship Columbus Common Ale sold, $1 will be contributed to Commonhouse Shares. The startup brewery’s B Corp status is currently pending.

Commonhouse will distribute throughout the Columbus market and will launch with Columbus Common, an American Amber Ale; Summer Sesh, a session IPA; Winter Sesh; IBU UBME, an Imperial IPA; Hoptopus, a Pale Wheat Ale with a hoppy rush; Punkt, an Imperial Pumpkin Porter; and Imagine, a Winter Warmer. Commonhouse hopes to have beer available in the Columbus market by the end of April.

full disclosure: Smokehouse and Commonhouse are clients

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Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Geek of the craft beer/board game/sci-fi varieties. Fan of patios.

One Comment on "Commonhouse launching as Ohio’s first B Corp brewery"

  1. Bill Babbitt January 19, 2016 at 11:20 AM · Reply

    Great news. I was wondering who who take over the old CBC brewing space. Glad to hear it will be Lenny. I know that means great things to come.

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